Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period. Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing more. How to Read the Bible has 62 ratings and 5 reviews. Benjamin said: This is actually my third time through the book. I use it as a textbook for my Bible c.

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This is primarily because Brettler never outlines what he means by this rubric. Carefully footnoted, with a twenty-one-page bibliography of sources cited, it is neverthele Professor Brettler provides an excellent introduction to the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible using the historical-critical method, that essays to put what is recorded in the context of its time, audience, and purpose, while teasing apart the various strands and authors from different times and with different points of view that later editors had merged into the text that has come down to us in the past millennium.

How to Read the Bible

Open Preview See a Problem? Zechariah Apocalyptic Literature and Daniel. To be sure, some books are treated in greater detail, with more attention to details commonly found in introductory textbooks.

Literary Revision in Deuteronomy and the Holiness Understanding the Bible this way lets us appreciate it as an interesting text that speaks in multiple voices on profound issues. Using the “historical-critical method” long popular in academia, he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period, independent of later religious norms and interpretive traditions.

Certainly the Torah does not contain all of the early traditions of Israel. Since rewd is no direct evidence going back to the redaction of the Torah, these issues may be explored only in a most tentative fashion, with readd rather than definitive answers.


Unlike other introductory texts, the Bible that this book speaks about is the Jewish one—with the three-part TANAKH arrangement, the sequence of books found in modern printed Hebrew editions, and the chapter and verse enumerations used in most modern Jewish versions of the Bible.

To ask other readers questions about How to Read the Bibleplease sign up. Ehrman and Zlatko Plese. James rated it really liked it Nov 05, The Sources of Genesis. Jack Townsend rated it it was amazing Thf 09, For example, the canonical order of the Tanakh is followed with the exception of Chroniclesthe New Jewish Publication Society translation is the default translation, traditional Jewish terminology is commonly employed i.

Brettler believes that these quotes are fake, these books never existed, and these pseudo-quotes were invented to give Chronicles an aura of historicity.

Jeffrey Stackert Limited preview – His main areas of research are religious metaphors and brdttler Bible, biblical historical texts, and women and the Bible. No nible or quizzes yet. Carefully footnoted, with a twenty-one-page bibliography of sources cited, it is nevertheless, clearly written and easily read by general readers.

Review of Marc Zvi Brettler. How to Read the Bible

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Brettler does a great job of showcasing that the Bible was not created in a reaad of “us” and “them”, but rather was heavily influenced by writings from the other surrounding cultures. Academic Skip to main content. The bottom line regarding this book is that almost any reader will know much more about the Hebrew Bible after reading it.

How to Read the Bible – Marc Zvi Brettler – Google Books

Ths Schonberg rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Trivia About How to Read the B Brettler surveys representative biblical texts from different genres to illustrate how modern scholars have taught us to “read” these texts. Hardcoverpages.


After identifying the correct context and genre for GenesisBrettler proceeds to decipher its meaning by careful analysis of the literary structure, poetic elements, vocabulary, and the divergent presentations of humans and God in Gen In this sense, Brettler is attempting to alleviate much of the consternation demonstrated by traditional Judaism toward critical biblical studies.

These features make the book very approachable to a Jewish audience, who would find them familiar and comfortable.

How to Read the Jewish Bible

Brettler is primarily interested in providing his reader with a guide to understanding the Hebrew Bible in its original historical and cultural context.

Maer rated it really liked it May 01, Gabrielle rated it really liked it Sep 30, Brettler certainly knows his target audience well.

The remainder of the book contains a series of similar close readings of specific biblical texts. Return to Book Page.

Yet, it does contain the traditions that the redactor felt were important for bringing together a core group of Israel most likely during the Babylonian exile of B. This book is highly recommended for both of these potential readers, though I am afraid it might not find much of an audience in the second group.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book works well for either the curious lay reader or as an undergraduate textbook with much to offer the scholar as well.